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After graduating first in my class from law school, I went on extended active duty for five years in the United States Navy as an Officer in the Navy Judge Advicate General Corps.  (I was a naval officer while I attended law school.)  I was always ranked a "Top 1%" performer in my Navy officer fitness reports by over 27 line commanding officers and as well as superior officers in the JAGC chain of command. 


I served as Staff Judge Advocate to the Commanders of the 19 submarines at the Submarine Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the Commanding Officer of the Sub Base, and the Admiral, COMSUBPAC (Commander, Submarine Force, Pacific).  A heavy trial load in the Navy paid off in civilian life because I have an extremely busy trial practice in the State of Minnesota, and in federal courts around the country. I was on active duty from 1981 through 1985 and left the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander.  I then became General Counsel for a large agency of the Department of Defense and supervised a staff of 11 lawyers and 11 staff.  In 1992, I returned home to Minnesota to start my own law practice.


My clients have been acquitted in over 15 murder and attempted murder trials.  I have won several felony-level narcotics trials in federal court and over three dozen felony-level drug trials, gun trials, assault, and sex trials in state court.  I have been successful in getting over two dozen felony cases dismissed in state and federal courts for violations of the constitutional rigths of my clients.


Regarding appeals, in 2011 I was asked to represent a man already convcited in federal court for sex trafficking minor females. In 2012 I won a reversal of his conviction at the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals becasue of a faulty jury instruction.  His 28-year sentence was reversed and my client was awarded a new trial. That case is United States v. Arthur James Chappell. Winning a reversal/remand in the Eighth Circuit is extremely rare for a criminal defendant.


When a deal must be struck, my clients receive the lowest sentences possible.  In the early 2000s, a client received no time in a federal case when his sentencing guidelines required a prison sentence of 360 months to Life. In a recent federal case, my client received no time in a case that carried a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence.  In state court, I have had a dozen clients get no time in first and second degree drug cases after guilty pleas.


My practice is 100% criminal defense. 


I am admitted to practice in the State of Minnesota, the U.S. District Courts for Minnesota, Nebraska and the Middle District of Tennessee, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, military criminal courts worldwide - both trial courts and appellate courts, as well as the United States Supreme Court.


I have served as the Chariman of the Criminal Law Section of the Minnesota Bar Association, voted a "Super Lawyer;" and voted a "Top 40 Lawyer."


I charge affordable fees. I am availalbe to my clients by office telephone, cellular phone, email and text messaging.


Several of my trials have received local and national press attention.  Please see, for example, the articles set out in my profile:  "Miracle Worker," and "Killer Defense."  The Tou Fue Moua murder trial, which is the subject of these two articles, resulted in an acquittal.  I have been asked to appear on "20-20,"  the "Doctor Phil Show," and others.  I have declined all requests for appearances on these types of shows.   I have spoken several times on WCCO Radio about general criminal law topics.


My law office is located in downtown Minneapolis.


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  1. Criminal Defense: 100%



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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Gary. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
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  • Melvin Richard Welch

    Gary Wolf is a preeminent model of a criminal trial lawyer. I have had several cases with Mr. Wolf as my adversary when a prosecutor, and enjoyed his guidance and sage advice as a defense attorney. He is a model in my practice, and for good reason - because he is one of the best.


    Melvin Welch Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

247 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN, 55415


MNAuthorized to practice198108/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2004
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2003
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2003
M. Arnold Lyons Scholar (First in Class) Class of 1981Hamline University Law School1981
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerWolf Law Office1992 - Present
General CounselDefense Finance and Accounting Service1986 - 1992
Naval Officer/Navy LawyerUnited States Navy1981 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1993 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionChairmanN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
ANOKA METH CASE DISMISSED. Anoka CountyMeth charges dismissed. Anoka County.
Felon in Possession of Firearem-NOT GUILTYNOT GUILTY AFTER TRIAL. Free to go.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Law and Politics MagazineGary Wolf is a Miracle Worker2008
Law and Politics MagazineWolf's "Killer Defense" Results in Not Guilty Verdict on All Five Counts Despite Confession2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hamline University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trial Skills Class at local Law SchoolClosing Arguments2013